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Linklaters LLP
1345 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10105
United States

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Magic circle firm Linklaters LLP is active on domestic and cross-border matters alike, directing particular attention to deals in the financial services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, automotive and chemicals sectors. The corporate practice is supplemented by considerable tax, antirust, capital markets and employment expertise, and has strengths in public and private M&A, LBOs, tender and exchange offers, asset sales and recapitalizations. Scott Sonnenblick leads the team from New York and demonstrates a particular tenacity for multijurisdictional transaction and joint venture mandates. Peter Cohen-Millstein  left the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Scott Sonnenblick

Testimonials

Extremely thorough, well-versed in all the key issues and attuned to the bespoke nature of each transaction.’

Scott Sonnenblick – outstanding mind and very commercially minded partner who surrounds himself with excellent associates.

Very attentive to detail always get back to you able to run the transaction for us despite time zone issues.’

We work with the firm in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa and find a consistent high quality of both partner and associate talent. They’re smart, they’re savvy, they understand our organization’s sensitivities and must-haves, and they’re very pleasant to spend time with.

Key clients

ENGIE

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Union Acquisition Corp. II

ASSA ABLOY

Work highlights

  • A cross border team led Ameriprise Financial, Inc. on a definitive agreement with BMO Financial Group to acquire its EMEA asset management business for £615m (US$845m).

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

Linklaters LLP plays a key role in global cartel investigations, leveraging its international platform to represent high-profile clients in areas including pharma, technology and financial services. The team is led by Tom McGrath, and offers experience from former DOJ and FTC officials, most notably former Antitrust Division prosecutor Douglas Tween, who takes the lead on cartel matters, handling regulatory investigations and parallel civil litigation for clients in a broad range of industries, having represented clients in a number of federal trials as well as in internal investigations into cartel activity. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Tom McGrath

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Tween; Antonia Sherman

Testimonials

‘True transtlantic offerings are very rare in challenging cartel cases, but Linklaters US provides this. I’ve also been really impressed by their commitments to diversity and to colleague development.’

‘Antonia Sherman takes the stress out of many a potentially difficult situation.’

‘They have a global platform and don’t just focus on US enforcers.’

‘Douglas Tween is an outstanding cartel defense attorney – practical and committed. He is also a very strong trial attorney and brings that to the table in his strategic thinking.’

Key clients

Qiagen N.V.

GrandVision

Société Générale ; SG Americas Securities, LLC

Covestro AG

G4S plc

Strides Pharma Inc.

Kelkoo Group

Bayer AG

Qatar Investment Authority

Dialog Semiconductor plc

Novartis

Nestle

Linde

Tate & Lyle

Work highlights

  • Advised GrandVision in its $8.5bn takeover by EssilorLuxottica.
  • Advised Bayer AG on the $7.6bn sale of its worldwide animal health business to Elanco Animal Health.
  • Representing generic pharma manufacturer Strides Pharma, Inc. in connection with a series of actions consolidated under In Re: Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

With strength in the pharma, healthcare, and financial services sectors, the team at Linklaters LLP is adept in handling sensitive merger reviews, particularly for pharma clients including Novartis, Takeda, and Bayer, including regulatory investigations of deals through to related litigation. The firm also shows great strength in cross-border merger reviews, working closely with its international teams to secure clearance from European and other key antitrust regulators. This capability was demonstrated by the firm’s successful representation of Grandvision in its takeover by EssilorLuxottica, which was ultimately cleared after investigations by US and EU authorities, as well as several countries in Latin America and Asia. Practice head Tom McGrath led the team on that matter, and remains a strong choice for global merger clearances, especially within the healthcare industry. Douglas Tween is an accomplished litigator and handles enforcement proceedings, while Antonia Sherman continues to bolster her profile within the merger space, handling HSR filings as well as multijurisdictional merger processes, particularly within Latin America. John Eichlin focuses on advising clients on antitrust and foreign investment issues for cross-border mergers. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Tom McGrath

Testimonials

Linklaters has a fantastic merger control team spanning the globe that is able to provide timely, practical and informed advice across all jurisdictions in a seamless manner. They work extremely effectively as a team to deliver concise and thoughtful global advice and clients benefit from the fact that they are very well informed on market practice across all jurisdictions.’

‘Antonia Sherman is a standout on a fantastic team – she is smart, wonderful to deal with, highly responsive and practical. She has a wealth of knowledge on this subject and is able to leverage her colleagues’ expertise in jurisdictions globally. She is an invaluable advisor to our team.’

‘They are knowledgeable and hard working.’

Key clients

Qiagen N.V.

GrandVision

Société Générale ; SG Americas Securities, LLC

Covestro AG

G4S plc

Strides Pharma Inc.

Kelkoo Group

Bayer AG

Qatar Investment Authority (“QIA”)

Dialog Semiconductor plc

Novartis

Nestle

Linde

Tate & Lyle

Work highlights

  • Advised GrandVision in EssilorLuxottica’s $8.5bn high-profile takeover creating a leading global eyecare and eyewear company.
  • Avised Bayer AG on the $7.6bn sale of its worldwide animal health business to Elanco Animal Health.
  • Representing generic pharma manufacturer Strides Pharma, Inc. in connection with a series of actions consolidated under the In Re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Linklaters LLP leans on its strong international network to assist with sprawling international investigations launched by various global enforcement authorities. The team is well versed in civil litigation, trials and white-collar defense matters and acts for multinationals, financial institutions, foreign governments and individuals. Adam Lurie heads the team from Washington DC and has considerable experience in crisis management situations, arbitration, regulatory issues and corporate governance. At the start of 2021, Matthew Axelrod left for the DOJ; in May of the same year, Erez Liebermann joined in New York from an in-house role at Prudential; and in August, Richard Smith joined in Washington DC from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lurie

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Metro Bank plc

State Street Bank and Trust Co

Work highlights

  • Advising a global engine manufacturer as the independent monitor and independent compliance consultant required by the settlement agreement with EPA in the wake of a settlement by a global engine manufacturer with the DOJ and EPA related to Clean Air Act violations.
  • Advising as defense counsel to a major military defense contractor and its parent company in DOJ criminal, DOJ civil, congressional, and Air Force investigations into allegations that the contractor defrauded the US government in connection with its provision of military housing to the US military.
  • Representing a former supervisory assistant United States attorney in relation to allegations that DOJ attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Jeffrey Epstein criminal matter was resolved.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Linklaters LLP is highly experienced in the tax aspects of M&A, financings, and fund formations. The team is especially strong in the private equity space, advising a number of industry-leading funds on high-value capital raising transactions, asset acquisitions and dispositions, and financing arrangements. Washington DC-based David Brockway is a seasoned international tax planning lawyer with significant experienced in asset-based finance transactions. In New York, Max Levine’s far-reaching practice makes him a key port of call for some of the largest asset mangers in the market. Former practice co-head Andrew Morris has left the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Brockway

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Barings

SoftBank

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

 

Work highlights

  • Regularly representing KKR with respect to its investment activities.
  • Representing Barings on the structuring and fundraising for the latest generation of its global lending fund and special situations fund (among other funds).
  • Representing SoftBank as a borrower on financing transactions and fund structurings.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Linklaters LLP acts in cross-border disputes in close collaboration with teams from the firm's international network. The US team is particularly sought after by banks, corporates and global institutions. Practice head Adam Lurie in Washington DC is well versed in complex civil litigation and trials as well as in white-collar defense and crisis management matters. In New York, Douglas Tween is noted for his antitrust know-how and Brenda DiLuigi covers investigations-related matters. Richard Smith from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP joined the Washington DC-office in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lurie

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Tween; James Warnot; Brenda DiLugi; Richard Smith

Key clients

Sibanye Stillwater

Société Générale

Strides Pharma, Inc.

Metro Bank plc

TDK Electronics

Sibanye Gold Ltd.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Polycarbon Industries, Inc.

State Street

Kelkoo Group

GENFIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Stillwater Mining Company as lead defense counsel in a Delaware shareholder appraisal trial following the acquisition of Stillwater mining.
  • Advising Société Générale and SG Americas Securities, LLC as co-lead defense counsel on federal antitrust and market-manipulation class and related actions in the Southern District of New York.
  • Advised generic pharma manufacturer Strides on the In Re Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation in the Southern District of Florida.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

The team at Linklaters LLP has a breadth of expertise, representing clients on both the lender and debtor side of restructuring matters. A notable mandate for the team is the representation of Sound Point Capital Management as initial lender in relation to the revolving trade receivables facility, amounting to $425m and provided to Centric Brands, Inc. following its exit from Chapter 11 proceedings. Robert Trust led the matter, overseeing the facility and its amendments. Margot Schonholtz heads the practice, offering key expertise within bankruptcy and creditor litigation. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Margot Schonholtz

Other key lawyers:

Robert Trust; Penelope Jensen; Christopher Hunker

Testimonials

‘Tight knit group of very experienced partners.’

‘All NY partners are outstanding. Mark L is highly skilled at aggressively fighting for your position in a very professional manner. Not afraid to litigate but happy to negotiate a settlement.’

‘The team works smoothly and effectively on a cross-border, cross-disciplinary basis, which is not true of all large law firms. Partners are attentive and counsel and associates are strong as well.’

‘In the U.S., Margo Schonholtz, Penelope Jensen and Robert Trust are all extremely effective bankruptcy and restructuring counsel.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Sound Point Capital Management, LP

The First Lien Secured Lenders to GBG USA, Inc.

Grant Thornton, as foreign representative of Comsale

Barclays Capital Inc.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Sound Point Capital Management, LP [Centric Brands]

The First Lien Secured Lenders to GBG USA, Inc.

Grant Thornton, as foreign representative of Comsale

Barclays Capital Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, as Revolving and LC Agent and Collateral Agent under the DIP Credit Agreement and Prepetition Credit Facilities in its chapter 11 restructuring of McDermott International, Inc.
  • Advised Wells Fargo, as agent to the senior secured lender group, in the wind-down of Titan Energy LLC, formerly known as Atlas Resource Partners L.P..
  • Advised Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent to the senior secured lenders that provided a $263m reserve-based lending facility to Chisholm Oil and Gas Operating, LLC and certain of its subsidiaries.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

The balanced practice at Linklaters LLP advises sponsors and investors alike on structuring, formation, taxation and regulation issues. The group also assists a core of alternative fund clients with portfolio investment acquisitions and dispositions, co-investments, joint ventures, seed arrangements and fund restructurings. Jason Behrens has extensive experience with an array of alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate, credit, venture capital and secondaries funds; David Miller is particularly well versed in managed accounts, funds of one and comingled private investment funds; and Brad Caswell is the name to note for compliance work. These senior practitioners are all based in New York, but regularly collaborate with teams in London, Luxembourg, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  

Practice head(s):

Jason Behrens; David Miller; Brad Caswell

Other key lawyers:

Mike Dankis

Key clients

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Oasis Management Company Ltd.

Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising Ameriprise Financial on the proposed acquisition of Bank of Montreal’s EMEA asset management business and related sponsored client transfer in the US, including global regulatory matters and filings in connection with the transaction.
  • Serving as fund and regulatory counsel to Oasis Management Company.
  • Serving as fund and regulatory counsel to Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Co.

Tax > International tax Tier 5

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

In New York, Linklaters LLP is highlighted by peers for having formed a solid cyber and privacy team, with Ieuan Jolly and ‘outstanding’ Erez Liebermann as joint co-heads.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

Led from New York by Andrew Compton, Linklaters LLP is experienced in representing lenders, export credit agencies and borrowers across the renewables sector, and stands out for its track record in sector-related transactions and projects involving Latin America.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 3

Linklaters LLP has a lean Latin America team, spread primarily across its New York and Sao Paulo offices. Much of its historical emphasis has been on Brazil and the Southern Cone, though it has genuine experience across the region. The team's work ranges from pre-export financings to offshore oil and gas financings. Splitting his time between New York and Sao Paulo, Matthew Poulter is a thoroughbred Latin America specialist, with an exceptionally strong record in M&A, capital markets and structured lending in Brazil and other key jurisdictions. Michael Bassett is noted for power and oil and gas financings in Brazil and across Latin America. Conrado Tenaglia co-heads the Latin America group and has a strong record in debt financings in Argentina and the Southern Cone. Andrew Compton is another energy and infrastructure finance specialist with a deep focus on Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Conrado Tenaglia

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 3

Linklaters LLP has a relatively lean Latin America practice, though it has a highly credible capital markets record, particularly in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Conrado Tenaglia has an excellent reputation in the Southern Cone, including in sub-sovereign issuances for Argentine municipalities as part of debt restructuring programmes. Matthew Poulter, who splits his time between Sao Paulo and New York, is a frequent adviser on novel and headline offerings by Brazilian issuers. He led the team that advised the underwriters on Suzano's SEC-registered $750m global notes offering, cash tender offers for all outstanding guaranteed notes issued by Suzano's subsidiaries; the new bonds were issued under Suzano's sustainability-linked securities framework. Gabriel Silva left the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Conrado Tenaglia

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 3

Linklaters LLP has a broad mix of energy and infrastructure engagements, including renewables, oil and gas, and telecoms infrastructure projects. The firm represents a range of energy sector businesses in M&A and bond offerings; a team led by Sao Paulo and New York partner Matthew Poulter advised PetroRio, the Brazil-based oil and gas company, on its inaugural senior secured notes issuance. Andrew Compton is part of the energy and infrastructure group, and has a strong emphasis on Latin America, including renewables, power and infrastructure projects in multiple jurisdictions in the region; he led the team that advised Lenzing and Duratex on the $1.1bn financing of an energy-efficient dissolving wood pulp plant in Brazil. Vijaya Palaniswamy is another experienced figure in Latin America renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Linklaters LLP‘s core Latin America team, spread across its Sao Paulo and New York offices, continues to land headline corporate and M&A engagements. Much of this work now centres on the multi-skilled and versatile Matthew Poulter, who splits his time between Sao Paulo and New York; he led the team that advised Union Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), on its agreement to combine with Latin America’s Crynssen Pharma Group (Procaps) to form a new holding company Procaps Group to be listed on Nasdaq. Gabriel Silva left the firm in January 2021. In an additional development of note, in June 2021 the firm announced it's establishment of a dedicated Mexico group, anchored throught the presence of managaing associate Alberto García Linera in Mexico City - although the firm has clearly noted that it will neither be opening an office or offering Mexico-law services.

Linklaters has become one of the top U.S. firms since establishing in New York in 1972. Linklaters is a trusted adviser to many top-tier U.S. companies and our client relationships span several decades across the globe. With a global U.S. team comprised of 49 partners and 162 Counsel/Associates worldwide (as of October 2021), the team brings commercial U.S. knowledge and familiarity with local markets to both domestic and cross-border matters.

In an increasingly interconnected world, businesses demand a firm that can meet them on the ground wherever they are. The network of U.S. lawyers extends across the world’s major business and financial centers including New York, Washington, D.C., Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo.

Linklaters’ U.S. practice works together on a global basis to provide specialist advice on transactional, regulatory, disclosure, compliance, litigation, tax, data, antitrust and liability management issues:

Antitrust/Competition

Our U.S. antitrust practice focuses on getting proposed deals approved by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. We also defend clients in international price-fixing investigations and represent them in civil antitrust litigation. Our offering is bolstered by our U.S. foreign investment practice, which focuses on representing clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (formerly DSS) and other U.S. government authorities responsible for cross-border investment controls. Our team draws on the experience of former enforcement officials, commercial litigators and antitrust attorneys. Our technical experience is based on a background in economics and a wealth of practical experience in dealing with antitrust authorities in the U.S.

Banking

Our U.S. banking team advises market-leading financial institutions, financial sponsors, mezzanine providers, funds, and public and private companies on complex domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including transactions involving high-yield debt securities. With lawyers in the Americas, Europe and Asia, we have a proven track record of providing the highest quality legal advice across a range of products wherever needed.

Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency

Our market-leading U.S. restructuring and insolvency practice delivers sophisticated solutions on high profile, in-court and out-of-court restructuring and insolvency matters. We advise financial institutions, investment funds, asset managers, global companies, financial advisors and other stakeholders on all phases of domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. Our wide-ranging and well-balanced practice finds creative solutions in complex debt restructurings, litigation, bankruptcy matters, distressed M&A and other asset sale transactions.

Business Crime & Investigations

In an increasingly global regulatory environment, where investigations often span numerous jurisdictions and involve coordination by multiple government authorities, it is more critical than ever that corporations and financial institutions seek guidance from strong, experienced and globally-integrated counsel. Linklaters’ international footprint and deep breadth of regulatory and agency experience ideally positions our business crime & investigations team to respond immediately to our clients during a crisis and to steer clients through their most serious cross-border regulatory matters.

Our team represents corporations, financial institutions, senior executives, board members, and public officials on a variety of criminal and civil regulatory matters, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), bribery and corruption, fraud (including trade, accounting disclosure, health care and money laundering), export controls and sanctions, antitrust and competition, data privacy, cybersecurity, the False Claims Act (FCA), and other regulatory inquiries and investigations. We defend clients in all stages of federal and state criminal proceedings and in related civil and administrative disputes, and we have deep experience defending matters against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), among other agencies. By working hand-in-hand with our international colleagues, we are able to seamlessly advise on all sides of multi-jurisdictional investigations, avoiding the challenges that arise with using separate counsel for each jurisdiction.

Capital Markets

The U.S. capital markets teams in the Americas, Europe and Asia regularly advise financial institutions, corporates and sovereigns on a full range of transactions and legal issues involving U.S. and non-U.S. issuers, including equity, equity-linked and debt securities traded on the major U.S. and international exchanges, initial public offerings, high yield debt offerings, SEC-registered offerings (including shelf registration) and non-registered offerings made pursuant to Section 4(a)(2), Rule 144A and Regulation S, liability management transactions involving tender offers and exchange offers and the establishment of ADR facilities.

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions

Linklaters’ cross-border corporate/M&A practice has a strong presence in the world’s major business and financial centers, with U.S.-qualified lawyers in the Americas and Europe. This wide network allows us to co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional deals efficiently and deal tactically on a global level, while maintaining an excellent understanding of domestic U.S. law. Our U.S. team has a proven track record of providing the highest quality legal advice across the full range of corporate and financial products including public M&A, private M&A, joint ventures, corporate advisory and regulatory compliance.

Crisis Management

In today’s global media environment, crises require a swift and sure-footed response, taking account of the subject matter and the stakeholders involved.

A crisis can put your reputation, financial stability, and key relationships around the world into jeopardy. It can also divert senior management time from the strategic objective of your business.

How to manage a crisis once it has occurred is of acute concern to all large businesses, their boards and their management teams. Ideally, it is best to prevent, avoid or mitigate all potential crises before they grow into an existential event.

Data Solutions, Cyber and Privacy

The U.S. Data Solutions, Cyber and Privacy practice forms part of our global data and cyber offering spanning a team of over 100 lawyers in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. team focuses on a wide range of cybersecurity and privacy legal, policy and investigative matters including cybercrimes, privacy breaches and intellectual property theft, as well as litigation and investigations. Much of our work has an international dimension and we have broad experience helping companies prepare for cybersecurity and privacy incidents. We bring both deep knowledge and practical experience to bear when advising clients on any cybersecurity and privacy issue at any stage of its lifecycle.

Dispute Resolution

Our U.S. dispute resolution team advises and defends clients with significant exposure in cross-border and U.S. disputes and investigations. The team focuses on complex commercial litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, antitrust, securities, white-collar crime, class and derivative actions, accounting fraud, bankruptcy litigation and lender liability actions. Our offering includes advising on a variety of criminal and civil regulatory matters, including matters involving the FCPA, bribery and corruption, U.S. economic sanctions, data privacy, cybersecurity, and other regulatory inquiries and investigations. We are especially well-equipped to address the most challenging cross-border internal investigations and disputes, leveraging our ability to draw upon large multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams at short notice. Our collaborative international teams have represented clients before criminal authorities and regulators across multiple jurisdictions and in a wide variety of fields. Our teams have also successfully handled the most sensitive internal investigations.

Energy & Infrastructure

Our Americas energy & infrastructure team regularly works on complex, large-scale projects across the region, delivering the market-leading excellence of our global practice that has advised on over US$1trn of closed project finance transactions. We have acted on award-winning projects across the Americas – covering renewables, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, oil and gas, petrochemicals, LNG, thermal power, nuclear, water and waste, mining, airports, roads and bridges, ports, stadia, telecoms, clean transport and rail-related transactions. We represent sponsors (including private equity funds), lenders, export credit agencies, development finance institutions, contractors and suppliers. Our broad experience advising on the full range of market participants means that we are able to anticipate and understand the issues that may arise during a project and find constructive, commercial solutions to them.

Environment, Social and Governance

ESG in its broadest sense covers environmental, social and governance issues but consensus on details of the meaning can vary and public perceptions are changing rapidly.

We take a holistic approach, covering a wider range of areas across multiple sectors and contexts– including climate change and resource efficiency, human rights and community engagement, anti-bribery and corruption, transparency and disclosure, risk management and dispute resolution.

The extensive range of experience across our multidisciplinary team enables us to pivot swiftly, responding to your needs and helping your business address ESG challenges as they arise.

Executive Compensation and ERISA

The U.S. executive compensation and ERISA team advise clients on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities, tax laws, stock exchange listing requirements and ERISA. This team has extensive experience in the structuring, negotiation and preparation of employment, retention and severance agreements, the design and implementation of executive incentive programs, equity-based plans and deferred compensation programs, and the preparation of tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans. In addition, we have broad experience with respect to the ERISA requirements applicable to the investment of pension plan assets, and regularly advise financial institutions and investment funds on the ERISA aspects of the structuring and operation of all types of investment funds and structured financial products.

Financial Regulation

The U.S. financial regulation group is part of a market-leading financial regulation practice that advises banks, investment banks, exchanges, trading and settlements systems, and other players in the financial services sector around the world. The U.S. group advises domestic and international banking organizations on a variety of financial regulatory matters, particularly in the context of joint ventures, spin-offs, reorganizations and other M&A transactions.

Fintech

Financial institutions and disruptive companies alike trust Linklaters with their most complex fintech projects. It is a testament to our experience that we have worked with clients at all stages of growth, from early-stage start-ups to established financial institutions.

We have consistently held the position of market-leaders in advising on the application of new technologies to finance, from the implementation of SWIFT payments to the advent of blockchain and digital currencies, and everything in-between. Long before the term “fintech” was coined, we had been working on ground-breaking technological developments in financial markets for years.

Our strong relationships with regulators, banks, insurers, funds and infrastructure and service providers mean that we understand the issues that affect every area of the financial technology ecosystem. This enables us to deliver incisive, informed and innovative advice across the fintech spectrum.

Foreign Investment (CFIUS)

Our global foreign investment team provides sound, practical advice to help clients navigate the evolving challenges of national security reviews of cross-border investments. In the U.S., we advise both U.S. and non-U.S. parties, and represent clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, among others.

Our CFIUS team has advised clients on successful transactions globally, including complex, high-profile investments involving sensitive technologies, infrastructure and customers. We have an in-depth understanding of the new rules governing CFIUS and the broader foreign investment environment, and are thought leaders on the implementation of CFIUS reform legislation.

International Arbitration

Our international arbitration practice is one of the largest in the world. The team, led by 30 partners and counsel, act as arbitrators and counsel in arbitral proceedings throughout the world, including the key arbitration centers of Paris, New York, Washington D.C., Madrid, Geneva, London, São Paulo, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.

We act under the rules of all of the major arbitral institutions, in ad hoc proceedings (e.g. under the UNCITRAL Rules) and in investment arbitration matters under bilateral and multilateral treaties. Our capabilities extend beyond the countries where Linklaters has offices. The team has recently worked on arbitration cases in Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Austria, Switzerland, Iraq and Angola.

Investment Funds

Our U.S. investment funds practice advises on structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of investment funds, investment management arrangements, separately managed accounts and co-investments for investment in a broad range of asset classes. Our clients rely on our in-depth knowledge of the alternative investment space, which, together with an expansive global footprint, enables us to provide strategic as well as product-specific advice to clients looking to move into new markets, diversify their offerings and access new investors. We produce tailored products bespoke to the client, asset type and commercial deal. In addition to our sponsor practice, we also have a strong and diverse investor practice. We are experienced in the commercial, tax, regulatory and logistical concerns that need to be married when investing. By acting for a wide range of investors we gain exposure to the broader market and the latest approach to fund terms. Acting on both sides of the table gives us a deep understanding of the drivers that influence sponsors and investors and provides us a rounded perspective of the market as a whole.

Structured Finance and Derivatives

Our U.S. structured finance and derivatives team handles domestic and international securitizations; distressed transactions; repackagings and other structured products; risk-based capital and balance sheet relief transactions; transactions involving commodity, carbon, equity and insurance-linked exposures; hedge-fund-linked and hedge fund finance products; repos and securities lending; treatment of derivatives under the U.S. insolvency regime including netting and other opinions; and regulatory advice in respect of a wide array of clearing, derivatives and securitization matters (including in respect of Title VII and Title IX of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and U.S. securities laws).

Sports

Our U.S. sports sector team operates as a single multidisciplinary practice across the firm’s global offices in collaboration with colleagues and combines a real passion and understanding of the industry and its specific requirements and pressures (including increased regulatory scrutiny) with exceptional multi-jurisdictional expertise across all areas of corporate/M&A, finance and banking, capital markets and equity financing, commercial, technology and media, crisis management, cyber/data protection/IP, dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance investigations, restructuring and insolvency, antitrust, HR/employment and tax matters. We have represented major U.S. and international sports organizations, such as the National Players Football Association, FIFA, Fulham Football Club, McLaren Formula One and Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing. This puts us in a unique position to be able to provide our clients with a full and seamless end-to-end service to help them successfully navigate the most complex and high-profile matters arising in the sector.

Tax

Our U.S. tax team counsels clients in M&A transactions, spin-offs and other divestitures, internal restructurings, consolidated return matters and workouts, as well as transactions involving REITs, partnerships and other pass-through entities. We have a strong and well-regarded U.S. tax practice that has undertaken complex cross-border transactions for some of the world’s largest corporations, investment funds and sovereign wealth funds, both U.S. and non-U.S. headquartered. These transactions have included an extensive range of U.S. tax issues involving both intra-group and external acquisitions, dispositions, investments, spin-offs, restructurings and financings.

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